Category Archives: Tour Dates

Last Waltz 40 Tour Gets Underway Again


Heading back up to Cripple Creek one last time….

By Blurt Staff

What do Warren Haynes and Danny Louis of Govt. Mule, Dr. John, Jamey Johnson, Don Was, Terence Higgins, and Mark Mullins have in common? They’re all devotees of the legendary swansong by The Band—The Last Waltz, which took place four decades ago in San Francisco. This past December the the Last Waltz 40 Band convened in Asheville, NC, for the annual Haynes Christmas Jam, a benefit concert for Habitat For Humanity. Now the tour, having completed the first leg, will be kicking off a second leg March 30 in Dallas, then for the next couple of weeks will hit select markets in the Midwest and West.

By all accounts, this will be a big deal, particularly for folks—which would be just about everybody on the musical planet—who know the artists and songs from The Last Waltz album and Martin Scorcese-filmed documentary. In addition to the folks listed above, there will be an all-star horn section led by Mullins and featuring the original horn arrangements of Allen Toussaint, plus very special guests Garth Hudson (some dates), Cyril Neville, Dave Malone, and Bob Margolin. Other guests to be announced as the tour unfolds.

Go here for the full itinerary.

To Be Heard Booking Launch Party March 17-18 in N.C.

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Celebrating the unveiling of an impressive 18-band roster of Tarheel bands.

By Blurt Staff

Recently a new independent booking outlet, To Be Heard Booking, launched in the North Carolina Triangle area (Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill) to help N.C. bands hit the road. They’ve already amassed an impressive, diverse, 18-band roster—viewable here—that includes The Veldt and Happy Abandon, the first two artists to sign with our sister business, the Schoolkids Records label (formerly Second Motion). (Below is Happy Abandon.)

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To celebrate, To Be Heard is hosting a big launch party this coming weekend featuring 10 of those 18 groups—two parties, in fact. Friday night will be a The Cave in Chapel Hill, then the following evening the bash will be at Raleigh venue Slims. Both shows start at 8:30 and are $5. Details are below, and you can also get the low-down here at the booking agency’s website.

Friday March 17th – Chapel Hill, NC – The Cave

Body Games, Davidians, Al Riggs + The Big Sad, Majestic Vistas, and Ravary

Saturday March 18th – Raleigh, NC – Slims

Naked Gods, WIld Fur, SE Ward, Peter Vance of Happy Abandon (solo), Fluorescence



Incoming: Susanna Van Tassel & Dave Gonzalez

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Classic country duet singing and kickass guitars. Catch ‘em this week at SXSW.

By Blurt Staff

Get set for the debut of Susanna Van Tassel and Dave Gonzalez, whose album Think We’re Gonna Be Alright will be dropping soon. Gonzalez, of course, hails from the Paladins and the Hacienda Brothers, beloved outfits among the roots, blues and Americana camps (the Haciendas took Group of the Year at the ’07 Americana Awards, in fact). He’s joined by Van Tassel, described as “a real honky-tonk sweetheart of the Austin country scene back at the start of the new millennium.” She released a couple of albums then took time off to be with the family and finish up her college degree.

Together the two aim at “reviving the great tradition of country duet singing combined with the blazing sound of baritone and steel guitars.” Meanwhile, they’ll be all over Austin this week during SXSW, so check out the details below if you do plan to be in Texas.

Mar 14  Broken Spoke/ 3201 S Lamar Blvd  6-8pm

Mar 16  Maria’s Taco Xpress/2529 S Lamar Blvd  7pm (25 min)

Mar 18  Continental Club/1315 S Congress Ave  2pm (45 min)

Mar 18  Antone’s Records/2928 Guadalupe St #101  6pm (30 min)

Mar 19  Sam’s Town Point/2115 Allred Dr  2pm (45 min)



Read Details of U2’s Upcoming Joshua Tree Tour

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“Global upheaval, extreme right wing politics and some fundamental human rights at risk”: is Bono talking about 1987 or 2017?

By Blurt Staff

In January, Ireland’s venerable Hot Press magazine published a special report on U2’s The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, which is to begin in mid-May in Vancouver, hit most of the major markets in the US, then head to the UK and Europe, ultimately wrapping the first week of August. It sold out nearly instantly – see the tour itinerary, below. BLURT’s very own Stephen Judge will be on hand for the July 22 concert in Dublin at Croke Park, so stay tuned for a full report from him this summer. Meanwhile, tune in to our Facebook page tomorrow, March 9, as Stephen will be hosting a Facebook live event in honor of the iconic album’s 30th anniversary in which he guides us around Dublin on a U2-themed walking tour.

According to Hot Press, “Each show on the tour will include a performance of The Joshua Tree in its entirety, with support in Dublin and the rest of Europe from special guest Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds—with Noel saying, ‘It will be both a pleasure and an honour to play my part in what still remains the greatest show on earth.’ Support duties in the States will be shared by OneRepublic, Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers.”

Bono was quoted in the story:

“It seems like we have come full circle from when The Joshua Tree songs were originally written, with global upheaval, extreme right wing politics and some fundamental human rights at risk. To celebrate the album – as the songs seem so relevant and prescient of these times too – we decided to do these shows, it feels right for now. We’re looking forward to it.

“Recently I listened back to The Joshua Tree for the first time in nearly 30 years,” the singer added. “It’s quite an opera. A lot of emotions which feel strangely current, love, loss, broken dreams, seeking oblivion, polarisation… all the greats… I’ve sung some of these songs a lot… but never all of them. I’m up for it, if our audience is as excited as we are… it’s gonna be a great night. Especially when we play at home. Croke Park… it’s where the album was born, 30 years ago.”

Go to the Hot Press link for a number of other Joshua Tree related stories.

The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 North America

Fri. May 12 Vancouver, BC BC Place Stadium
Sun. May 14 Seattle, WA CenturyLink Field
Wed. May 17 San Francisco, CA Levi’s Stadium
Sat. May 20 Los Angeles, CA Rose Bowl
Wed. May 24 Houston, TX NRG Stadium
Fri. May 26 Dallas, TX AT&T Stadium
Sat. June 3 Chicago, IL Soldier Field
Wed. June 7 Pittsburgh, PA Heinz Field
Sat. June 11 Miami, FL Hard Rock Stadium
Wed. June 14 Tampa, FL Raymond James Stadium
Sun. June 18 Philadelphia, PA Lincoln Financial Field
Tue. June 20 Washington, DC FedEx Field
Fri. June 23 Toronto, ON Rogers Centre
Sun. June 25 Boston, MA Gillette Stadium
Wed. June 28 E. Rutherford, NJ MetLife Stadium
Sat. July 1 Cleveland, OH First Energy
The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 Europe

Sat. 8 July London, UK Twickenham Stadium
Wed. 12 July Berlin, DE Olympic Stadium
Sat., 15 July Rome, IT Olympic Stadium
Tue. 18 July Barcelona, ES Olympic Stadium
Sat. 22 July Dublin, IE Croke Park
Tue. 25 July Paris, FR Stade De France
Sat. 29 July Amsterdam, NE Amsterdam Arena
Tue. 1 Aug. Brussels, BE King Baudouin Stadium


Incoming: New Sonics Tour



Above: the remade/remodeled band sez, “Don’t fuck wit us or you get a switchblade between the eyes, pal.”

By Fred Mills

A couple of years ago we hailed the mighty Northwest garage monsters The Sonics, in an interview on the occasion of their first new album since 1967, This Is The Sonics. Now we’ve received word of a new tour and a new lineup for the legendary group:

The Sonics recently entered an exciting new chapter in their storied history, unveiling a retooled band lineup that teams original member Rob Lind (saxophone and harmonica) and longtime Sonics Freddie Dennis (bass and vocals) and Dusty Watson (drums) with a pair of new additions, guitarist Evan Foster (of Tacoma’s own Boss Martians) and keyboardist Jake Cavaliere (a member of L.A. garage-psych upstarts the Lords of Altamont). Founding members Gerry Roslie and Larry Parypa have chosen to step back from the rigors of touring, but remain a part of the Sonics family, and plan on continuing to contribute to the Sonics’ future recordings.

Yours truly caught the band a few years ago at SXSW at Emo’s in Austin when, standing shoulder to shoulder with a who’s-who of rock royalty all eager to see ’em, I was flattened by the volume and the viscosity. So this latest iteration will be hitting the road soon (dates below). According to Lind,

“As anyone in a touring band will tell you, touring is an arduous undertaking. When you get to be our age it’s a constant battle to get enough rest and learning how to perform when completely exhausted and then getting up the next day and doing it all over again. About eighteen months ago, Gerry decided he just couldn’t do it anymore, and he reluctantly stepped away. It was basically the same story with Larry; he just didn’t want to leave home and travel any longer. But they’re working on material for our next album and will join us in the studio.

“Dusty and Freddie have now been in the Sonics longer than the originals, and I’ve come to think of them as originals,” Lind continues, adding, “We were so incredibly lucky to find Jake Cavaliere and Evan Foster. They both were brought up on Sonics music and have been playing it since they were young boys, so they didn’t have to be taught anything. They already knew the sound that was required to be in this band. Jake and Evan were Sonics long before they ever played with us, and their transition has been easy and totally seamless.”

Tour dates:

Thu., March 23  CHICAGO, IL  Reggies

Fri., March 24  CLEVELAND OH  Beachland

Sat., March 25  TORONTO, ONT  Danforth Music Hall

Sun., March 26  DETROIT, MI  El Club

Thu., April 6   HOUSTON, TX  The Continental

Fri., April 7  DALLAS, TX  Gas Monkey

Sat., April 8   AUSTIN, TX  Rod and Custom Round Up

Sun., April 9  AUSTIN, TX  The Continental

Thur., May 18   ATLANTA, GA  Masquerade

Fri., May 19  CHARLOTTE, NC  Neighborhood Theater

Sat., May 20  NASHVILLE, TN  Muddy Roots Fest


Miracle Legion Plots Spring U.S. Tour


It’s just selected dates in April, but we’ll take what we can get.

By Uncle Blurt

Now this is good end-of-year news, in a year where the news was uniformly bad: Miracle Legion, buoyed by the ecstatic reception to their scattered reunion shows in 2016, is planning to resume performing in 2017. First up: a couple of shows in early April followed by five more to close out that month. The beloved band will play gigs in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Philadelphia and NYC, as well as marquee shows in L.A. and San Francisco – dates are listed here. You can bet we’ll be catching as many as we can.

Sharp-eyed BLURT readers will recall the exhaustive interview with singer Mark Mulcahy that we published several years ago, as well as details of the 2016 reunion, a review of the vinyl reissue of the Portrait of a Damaged Family album, the exclusive track the band allowed us to post here at the site, and video clips from the first reunion show last April. So yeah, we’re just a teensy bit biased….

Photo: Kenneth Bachor

Grown Ass Men in Sneakers, Riding the Little Diesel, for NC Show


Putting the “L” back in both legend and Little Diesel… And the “P” back in both punk and The Pump…

By Fred Mills

Attendees at the recent Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, NC, were treated to quite a show by the legendary Television, and it was made even more special because the opening act was NC’s Sneakers, that Winston-Salem-spawned/Chapel Hill-reared, group of pre-punk era Tarheels who would later turn into random members of the H-Bombs, dB’s, Secret Service, and Let’s Active. Go HERE and HERE to see just a few of our friend’s comments and photos of the Sneakers set.

Now word arrives that Sneakers, along with W-S ’70s-era compatriots Little Diesel, will be appearing at Durham’s Motorco venue on October 20. Rather than proselytize – you can read some of my observations on a number of the musicians elsewhere on the Blurt site – allow me to simply direct you to what Motorco is saying in regards to why you might want to consider picking up tickets and making the road trip. See ya there, kissy boys, and don’t try to tell me that you can’t attend simply because love is like a Cuban crisis….


SNEAKERS: Before The dB’s and Let’s Active, there was Sneakers! Stamey, an icon of indie pop, and friend Mitch Easter began to explore recording techniques in Winston-Salem, NC, during their youth. In 1976, Chris and his band, Sneakers (including drummer Will Rigby, with appearances from Easter), released a single on Stamey’s own Carnivorous Records. The sessions were engineered by Don Dixon, who would eventually produce bands like R.E.M. (with Easter) and The Smithereens. Stamey & Rigby would go on to form The dB’s and Easter would reappear in Let’s Active—but the Sneakers single remains vital in not only independent record history, but music in general. [Above photo by Larry Tucker, from the Hopscotch show]


LITTLE DIESEL: In 1973, when most of teenage Winston-Salem lay intoxicated by the sound of mellow southern rock, one select group of insouciant, incendiary Reynolds scalawags took a sharp left turn, clutching Mott the Hoople and New York Dolls albums and started LITTLE DIESEL, the Twin City’s first punk rock band. Fueled by cases of Mickey’s, LITTLE DIESEL took their audiences hostage and exposed them to anarchic rock heretofore unknown in these parts. Bob Northcott’s stylized and soulful vocals were augmented by a formidable dual guitar fusillade from Tom Eshelman and Peter Holsapple and underpinned by bassist Phil Thomas and powerhouse drummer Will Rigby. The die was cast, and the legend was born. If you saw the band then, likely as not you’ve never forgotten it. And now 43 years later, the original LITTLE DIESEL reunites for another show, opening for NC legends SNEAKERS OCTOBER 20 at MOTORCO in DURHAM NC. The snarling attitude and powerful sound is intact and revitalized, and LITTLE DIESEL rises again. [Above photo from Holsapple’s blog]



NC’s Happy Abandon Announce Extensive Tour

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No excuse not to catch ‘em live, folks…

By Blurt Staff

Earlier this year the Blurt gang was suitably blown away by Chapel Hill’s Happy Abandon, who played our annual day party at Austin’s Ginger Man pub during SXSW. The orchestrally-inclined indie rock band — Peter Vance, Jake Waits, Alex Thompson, and Justin Ellis— previously released a well-received 2015 EP Heavy Lines (listen to it HERE), and they’re also about to hit the road for an extensive East Coast tour that will also find them dipping into the Midwest and Canada. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to check ‘em out.

Tour dates are below, and you can hear plenty of music over at their official website. Check out this live video from last November as well.

Thursday August 11th – Raleigh, NC – The Pour House Music Hall

Friday August 12th – Washington, DC – Rock and Roll Hotel

Saturday August 13th – Rehoboth Beach, DE – Dogfish Head Brewery

Sunday August 14th – Philadelphia, PA – Bourbon and Branch

Tuesday August 16th – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge

Wednesday August 17th – Newport, RI – Jimmy’s Saloon

Thursday August 18th – Lowell, MA – LBJ

Friday August 19th – Burlington, VT – Foam Brewers

Saturday August 20th – TBA

Sunday August 21st – Montreal, PQ – Le Divan Orange

Monday August 22nd – Toronto, ON – The Central

Wednesday August 24th – Chicago, IL – Quenchers

Thursday August 25th – Cleveland, OH – Barking Spider Tavern

Friday August 26th – Pittsburgh, PA – TBA

Saturday August 27th – New York, NY – Rockwood Music Hall

Sunday August 28th – Brooklyn, NY – Sunnyvale

Monday, August 29th – Asbury Park, NJ – Wonder Bar

Tuesday, August 30th – Highlands, NJ – The Chubby Pickle

Wednesday August 31st – Baltimore, MD – TBA

Thursday September 1st – TBA

Friday September 2nd – Wilmington, NC – Rat House

Saturday September 3rd – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506


Photo credit: Connelly Crowe Photography / Melanie Steinway Art

Guided by Voices for Fall Tour; Gillard Back in Lineup


Pollard and Gillard also start new side project.

By Fred Mills

If you’re a Guided by Voices fan, there’s a good chance that the 1997-2004 lineup featuring erstwhile Death of Samantha guitarist Doug Gillard is one of your fave periods for the band. Now, word arrives that Gillard has returned to the fold and the band will tour starting next month. The lineup will be Gillard, founder Robert Pollard, Kevin March, Bobby Bare Jr., and Mark Shue. (Gillard has been touring with Nada Surf of late, and apparently plans to keep working with them as well.)

Meanwhile, Gillard and Pollard, along with bassist Shue and drummer Travis Harrison, have put together side project ESP Ohio. You can listen to first single “Royal Cyclopean” below; it will be officially released via Rockathon on Oct. 21. At that point it is presumed that GbV, meanwhile, will have completed September recording sessions for a new album.

Guided by Voices tour dates:

8/13 Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
8/14 Dallas, TX @ Trees
8/16 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
8/17 Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
8/19 Los Angeles, CA @ The Teragram Ballroom
8/20 Los Angeles, CA @ The Teragram Ballrooom
8/22 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
8/23 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
8/26 Seattle, WA @ Neumos
8/27 Portland, OR @ The Crystal Ballroom / Project Pabst
8/31 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
9/01 Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
9/03 Chicago, IL @ The Metro – on sale on Friday
9/16 Ottawa, ON CityFolk Festival
9/17 Toronto, ON @ Toronto Urban Roots Festival
10/07 Charlottesville, VA @ The Jefferson Theater – on sale on Friday
10/08 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory Lot / Project Pabst
11/04-06 Bastrop, TX @ Sound On Sound Festival

08/13-09/1 with Broncho supporting except:
08/20 DTCV
08/27 Summer Cannibals
10/07 with Destroyer

Long Ryders Announce U.S. Tour for November


Real native sons at that, folks.

By Blurt Staff

They enjoyed an extremely well-received European tour this spring and also notched rave reviews for their 4-CD, 76-song career retrospective box set, Final Wild Songs that Cherry Red issued in January. Now The Long Ryders have announced their first full-fledged U.S. tour dates in 29 years, for November. It’s a relatively brief jaunt, as the members all have their own full-time jobs, but unlike the one-off guerilla shows they’ve had on occasion during the past 5 years or so, it definitely qualifies as a tour.

Fans of the band’s pioneering proto-Americana won’t need any coaxing. The Long Ryders last toured the States way back in 1987 in support of Two Fisted Tales, their final album before disbanding later that year. So here comes the classic line-up that recorded three highly acclaimed studio albums and toured extensively, including the recent dates in Spain, Ireland and England: co-founders Sid Griffin (guitar, vocals), Greg Sowders (drums) and Stephen McCarthy (guitar, vocals), and Tom Stevens (bass, vocals). Reviews were, in a word, rave:

“Another spine-tingling moment in a gig that had so many” –Craig Chaligne, Louder Than War(UK)

“The band have lost nothing in terms of musical ability and passion, and if anything they’re playing better than ever” –Jonathon Kardash, Bristol 24/7 (UK)

“They are able to produce the whole tradition of American roots rock that flows from the wide rivers of Dylan and Roger McGuinn into the fast flowing tributaries of Buffalo Springfield and Gram Parsons in front of our dumbstruck faces without batting an eyelash.” –Fernando Neira, El País (Spain)

Check out some tunes following the dates, below.

November 2016 Tour Dates:

11/10 Bowery Ballroom – New York City, NY

11/11 ONCE Ballroom – Somerville, MA

11/12 Cafe Nine – New Haven, CT